|Should I be paying license fees for a .NET based CMS|
We have a busy network of 10 websites generating 80k pages each. Our requirement is to have a CMS capable of advanced SEO functionality.
Our marketing/development agency is proposing a "feature rich" CMS with a license fee of US$8k per annum, with US$4k setup, + other development works. It's a .NET application apparantly, to replace our existing custom built system.
Although I haven't been able to understand what the CMS has "included" yet - I bumped into DotNetNuke, which is OS. This made me think.
Are licence fees justified in light of what's available for feature rich CMS's for robust SEO functionality?
What's your current system lacking that this new system will improve?
What do you consider to be "advanced SEO functionality"?
There are plenty of open source packages out there, but they may not meet your needs. It depends upon how much customization you need and how much of the maintenance you can handle yourself.
Are you already locked-in to .net and/or a Windows server platform for other reasons?
One of the reasons, I would imagine, for the high cost, is that most web sites run on Linux. There are a smaller number of web sites running Windows, and that is one reason for high prices.
Also, Windows websites tend to belong to corporations that have made a company-wide commitment to Windows and (foolishly, IMO) locked themselves into inflexibility. They pay (and pay, and pay) for their inflexibility.
Providers know this and price accordingly.
With rare exception, you can't get the same price for LAMP software as for .net software. LAMP users have too many choices to over-pay just so that a CMS will fit into an inflexible set of purchasing restrictions.
|What's your current system lacking that this new system will improve? |
We're faced with a database redesign, so this brought up some issues that need addressing. Our current management system acts as a de facto CMS, but lacks the standard, low maintenance features that you'd expect from a WYSWYG setup.
It is also a management issue where we want our e - marketing agent to better co ordinate graphics and development under one roof. It is currently seperated.
|What do you consider to be "advanced SEO functionality"? |
We're a large network of sites versus a small scale website, in a highly competitive vertical. So the SEO is a major challenge which we have to meet [ don't we all! ] .
|Are you already locked-in to .net and/or a Windows server platform for other reasons? |
Yes - our marketing agent has a .NET development base and have developed this CMS [ currently only 25 users , half of them corporate ].
Actually, one thing i did yesterday was to ask our agents to ditch these fees which i see as unproductive, so that we can apply it to other works which would be productive. ie $10k approx of profit or $10k of effort so that we have a win/win.
[edited by: Whitey at 1:54 am (utc) on May 30, 2007]